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How France’s Colonial Past Explains Its Racism Today
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When it comes to Palestine, France can't shake off its colonial past
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By signing up to serve in the Israeli army and settling on Palestinian land, French citizens have been contributing to ongoing violations of international law
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On 10 October, the Israeli ambassador to Paris, Aliza Bin Noun, requested that France Television censor a documentary entitled Gaza: A Crippled Youth, covering the stories of young Palestinian demonstrators mutilated by Israeli snipers along the Gaza fence since the Great March of Return began six months ago.

The documentary follows the life of Alaa, 21, who had trained to become Palestine’s first cycling champion - a dream that was shattered on 30 March, when an Israeli bullet took his right leg. Another young man, 13-year-old Mohamad, wanted to become a doctor, but was also wounded in the demonstrations and underwent an amputation. Dozens more have been crippled by Israeli soldiers since the protests erupted in March.

One of these soldiers is French-Israeli Michael Oiknine, who proudly tweeted that he killed two Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence. His statement incited a storm of controversy, with many denouncing his acts of terrorism against an unprotected and besieged civil population. Oiknine later retracted his claim of killing protesters and issued an apology.

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Committing war crimes

Although French police and intelligence services were alerted to this public confession of murder, Oiknine had nothing to fear; no French officer would knock on his door to investigate.

There is precedent for French citizens committing war crimes on occupied Palestinian land. In March 2016, French-Israeli soldier Elor Azaria fatally shot an injured Palestinian, an extrajudicial execution that amounted to a crime under international law, according to Amnesty International. After an international outcry, Azaria spent nine months in prison.

The French government did not issue a statement on Azaria’s dual nationality, nor was there any national debate over the termination of nationality after a war crime, as is the norm when French citizens commit crimes in Syria or Iraq. Will Azaria ever be called in by French intelligence services for an interrogation upon returning home, or have his name added to the interior ministry’s database?

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The French Ministry of Interior has registered in its database some 18,500 individuals related to radicalisation, most suspected of having links to terrorist organisations abroad in Syria and Iraq - but, according to the former interior minister, none in Israel, a country that has been vigorously condemned for its ongoing violations of international law.

The interior ministry offers a clear definition of who’s to be considered a radicalised element. Certain changes in behaviour, such as a sudden rupture with family members, asocial tendencies or a shift in cultural identity are among the criteria.

Ongoing violations of international law doesn't seem to be a deterrent for other nations to try and make "peace" with Israel....

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Lone soldiers

These characteristics fit with the pattern of the “lone soldiers” programme, designed by the Israeli army to recruit foreigners or new immigrants who do not have family in the country. Around 7,000 lone soldiers are currently serving in Israel, including many French dual nationals, although there are no exact figures as to how many.

Active recruitment of these soldiers takes place in the French capital. A few years ago, the Israeli embassy in Paris invited the local Jewish community to attend a recruitment session with an army representative. This past August, the Israeli army welcomed 300 new lone soldiers, including seven from France.

France is viewed as an important source of settlers for Israel, comprising the largest Jewish community in Europe and the third-largest in the world, after Israel and the US. According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, thousands of French settlers have arrived in the country in recent years; today, there are more than 21,000 French settlers violating international law on Palestinian land.

Israel has worked hard to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism and colonisation with migration. While migration has always been part of human nature - triggered by different social, financial or political reasons - colonisation is a movement based on privilege, thriving on the exploitation of the native population’s land and resources. Indeed, French settlers have contributed to the eradication of Palestinian lives, yet they have never once been condemned by the French government.
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Murderous colonial history

Could it be that France wouldn’t recognise a colonisation project, even if it was right before its eyes? Given its own dark and murderous colonial history throughout the world, France may have a blind spot in this regard.

Over the past six months, scores of Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces for demanding their rights to return home to their villages, located just a few kilometres from the Israeli fence that imprisons them.

Many of the victims were children who knew nothing but colonisation, war and misery; were always yearning for a better life, a better future, one with dignity. It was Israel, backed by France, that robbed them of this.

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Many of the victims were children who knew nothing but colonisation, war and misery; were always yearning for a better life, a better future, one with dignity. It was Israel, backed by France, that robbed them of this.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/when-it-comes-palestine-france-cant-shake-its-colonial-past

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Al-Nakba: The Palestinian catastrophe - Episode 1
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Al-Nakba: The Palestinian catastrophe

"The Nakba did not begin in 1948. Its origins lie over two centuries ago…."

So begins this four-part series on the 'nakba', meaning the 'catastrophe', about the history of the Palestinian exodus that led to the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, and the establishment of the state of Israel.

This sweeping history starts back in 1799 with Napoleon's attempted advance into Palestine to check British expansion and his appeal to the Jews of the world to reclaim their land in league with France.

The narrative moves through the 19th century and into the 20th century with the British Mandate in Palestine and comes right up to date in the 21st century and the ongoing 'nakba' on the ground.

Arab, Israeli and Western intellectuals, historians and eye-witnesses provide the central narrative which is accompanied by archive material and documents, many only recently released for the first time.

For Palestinians, 1948 marks the 'nakba' or the 'catastrophe', when hundreds of thousands were forced out of their homes.

But for Israelis, the same year marks the creation of their own state.

This series attempts to present an understanding of the events of the past that are still shaping the present.

This story starts in 1799, outside the walls of Acre in Ottoman-controlled Palestine, when an army under Napoleon Bonaparte besieged the city. It was all part of a campaign to defeat the Ottomans and establish a French presence in the region.

In search of allies, Napoleon issued a letter offering Palestine as a homeland to the Jews under French protection. He called on the Jews to ‘rise up’ against what he called their oppressors.

Napoleon’s appeal was widely publicised. But he was ultimately defeated. In Acre today, the only memory of him is a statue atop a hill overlooking the city.

Yet Napoleon's project for a Jewish homeland in the region under a colonial protectorate did not die, 40  years later, the plan was revived but by the British.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7FML0wzJ6A&t=39s

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Is France at war with its Muslims?
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A mosque has been ordered shut and a pro-Hamas group disolved. It follows dozens of raids on muslims and organisations suspected of inciting hatred. The campaign comes after the stabbing and decapitation of a teacher by a Moscow-born Chechen refugee, who was later shot dead by police. Samuel Paty had discussed cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in a class on free speech. President Emamnuel Macron has promised to step up crackdowns on what he calls 'radical Muslims'. He says he's protecting the French people from 'evil'. But will this iron-fist policy work? And how much is politics at play?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnkqCyyy72g

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How France’s Colonial Past Explains Its Racism Today
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Despite resistance from French elite, there’ve been growing calls for France to recognize and apologize for its violent colonization of millions of people in Africa and Asia. In fact, by 1901, France ruled 79 million people over 4.6 million square miles.

“Where would France be without its colonies in the Caribbean?” asks Professor Mame-Fatou Niang. “Where would France be without its huge possessions in Sub-Saharan Africa? Where would France be without its possessions in Asia, without Algeria?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI696dEof-g
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"It will never be stopped, until we stop it ourselves" - Malcolm X
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Liam Tahaney
1 day ago
Honestly the attitude of "colorblindness" and the idea that they already "fixed" racism with the revolution (civil war in the us) has huge parallels with discourse in the us
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Prime Sterling
3 days ago
The world is in desperate need of truth and reconciliation.
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Banks of Barcelona
2 days ago
They don't want to talk about colonialism because France is still a colonial power with their colonial tax on 14 African countries Jacques Chirac once said without the exploitation of these 14 countries in Africa, France will become a third world country
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Sydney W
3 days ago
I know people are so sick of hearing about it. I know it. Imagine how tired people are from suffering from it? 🙃 Nobody wants to talk about it and acknowledge it and this is why we aren’t moving past it. People heal with apologies and changed action. We knew this in kindergarten.
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France is still a colonial nation.

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When France Extorted Haiti – the Greatest Heist in History
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In the 19th century, the thinking went that the former enslavers of the Haitian people needed to be compensated, rather than the other way around.
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In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, there have been calls for defunding police departments and demands for the removal of statues. The issue of reparations for slavery has also resurfaced.

Much of the reparations debate has revolved around whether the United States and the United Kingdom should finally compensate some of their citizens for the economic and social costs of slavery that still linger today.

But to me, there’s never been a more clear-cut case for reparations than that of Haiti.

I’m a specialist on colonialism and slavery, and what France did to the Haitian people after the Haitian Revolution is a particularly notorious examples of colonial theft. France instituted slavery on the island in the 17th century, but, in the late 18th century, the enslaved population rebelled and eventually declared independence. Yet, somehow, in the 19th century, the thinking went that the former enslavers of the Haitian people needed to be compensated, rather than the other way around.

Just as the legacy of slavery in the United States has created a gross economic disparity between Black and white Americans, the tax on its freedom that France forced Haiti to pay – referred to as an “indemnity” at the time – severely damaged the newly independent country’s ability to prosper.
Entire article:https://getpocket.com/explore/item/when-france-extorted-haiti-the-greatest-heist-in-history?utm_source=pocket-newtab



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Kagame: France knew the Rwandan genocide was being planned by their allies
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"He (former French president Mitterrand) believed this was necessary for France’s geopolitical position."

This is what Rwandan President Paul Kagame said about a French report documenting France’s role in the 1994 genocide.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zmLXq5O1dc

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How colonialism objectified and otherised the hijab
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On April 4, 2021, France banned the headscarf for anyone under the age of 18.  But the western conception of the ‘veil’ goes back to the European colonisation of the Middle East, and even further before that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbEL9ZjYehI

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Is Napoleon Bonaparte’s legacy really worthy of celebration?
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Here’s a side of #Napoleon​ Bonaparte you probably have not heard about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erxVBF8SIQs

I know that Napoleon's image has a place atop a hill in Israel and that's all I've ever needed to know about Napoleon:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PikiWiki_Israel_3297_Napoleon_Statue_at_Napoleon_Hill_Acre_Israel.jpg

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France explained: Napoleon, the far-right, the hijab and the 'civil war'
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We explain all the recent political controversy in France: Napoleon, far-right pundits, the hijab ban, the "civil war", and France's recent UN-reported crime in Mali.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgGDLt8SuLE

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Rwanda says France bears responsibility for enabling 1994 genocide
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France was aware that a genocide was being prepared in Rwanda ahead of the 1994 killings and the French government bore a significant responsibility for enabling it, the Rwandan government said in a report.
#CNN #News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuP0-vwNQ1M

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About 27 years after the Rwandan genocide, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged France's role in the mass killings during a visit to the Gisozi memorial site in Kigali, Rwanda's capital. He said that France accepts responsibility for ignoring warnings, but stopped short of an apology or admitting complicity. ⁣

“Where would France be without its huge possessions in Sub-Saharan Africa? Where would France be without its possessions in Asia, without Algeria?” asks Professor Mame-Fatou Niang.

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Eric Celestino
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Let's be honest the reason that he is even doing this is because Rwanda is distancing itself from France every year.
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Devoted Youtuber
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Imagine apologizing, yet, absolving any wrongdoing after the fact. You can’t put a disclaimer on an apology and actually think anyone will believe you genuinely meant it.
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France has murdered 22 African leaders since the 60's alone. This 'sorry' is a mockery as Macaroni is as bad or maybe even worse than any other French President in history. He is reviled everywhere he goes.

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forgiveness

NEVER FORGIVE. NEVER FORGET.

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France's double standard on Palestine
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France's "values charter" bans the discussions of Jerusalem violence taking place currently and also any possible Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the future.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mvMCa9hhj8

Translation: Let's make France and the French people look like even a bigger joke today than we did yesterday! Time to double-down on hypocrisy yet again, after-all we're Westerners and hypocrisy and evil is our game!

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But them. See this information about how French still colonized their former "African" colonies during modern era, the policy named "Frenchafrique" :

Source : "How France (Still) Controls Africa" - The Gravel Institute, 9 April 2022 (Minute 00 : 55 until  02 : 45)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36vYRkVYeVw

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And the French - humiliated by their defeat and occupation at the hands of the Nazis - were eager to maintain their empire. So they responded to revolts in Algeria, Indochina, and Madagascar with brutal reprisals.

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By 1960, France was forced to grant independence to almost all its colonies. But something really important happened in Africa. Basically, the leadership of France decided to keep their empire in Western and Central Africa intact in everything but name.

The plan was simple. When an African country gained its independence, it was made to sign a so-called "cooperation agreement" with France, which would outline the nature of their relations moving forward. In exchange for French foreign aid, African countries were required to give France rights over natural resources, allow France to maintain troops in their territory indefinitely, and - most importantly - keep these countries's currencies linked to France's currency, the franc.


Another information :

Source : "How France maintains its grip on Africa", 6 Juni 2019 - CaspianReport. Accessed at 24th September 2022 06 : 41 p.m. Bangkok Time  (Minute 00 : 59 until 01 : 57)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_-ALNwpUo

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The De Gaulle government created a financial system of the CFA franc (Colonies francaises d'Afrique), with the CFA being the French acronym for "French colonies of Africa". The exchange provided a stable and strong currency for the 14 former French colonies in newly independent Africa, but it also legally required them to provide 50 percent of their foreign currency reserves to the French Ministry of Finance, plus 20 percent financial obligations.

This means that the members of the franc financial zone countries have only 30 percent of the money, with the money printed under the supervision of the National Bank of France. This decree ensured that France's grip on Africa did not end with the announcement of political independence. Worse still, if 14 African countries want to get their money's worth, they'll have to borrow it from France at regulated commercial rates."

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The West African countries with CFA francs are Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast.

Central African countries with CFA franc currency are Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Equatorial New Guinea, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic

There's corruption on any people, but the "whites" commit not individual corruption but democratic corruption, or people's corruption which worse. That's result of liberal pervert ideology which rooted from French Revolution which the worldview was influenced by Freemasonry

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/french-youtuber-crashed-vietnamese-wedding-002948877.html

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French YouTuber says he felt 'uncomfortable' at Vietnamese wedding he crashed in viral video
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In his now-deleted TikTok video titled “How I joined a Vietnamese Wedding without being invited,” Alwin GC (@alwingc) makes sure to specify that he was not invited to the wedding but asks for entrance as he is “French” and a “YouTuber.” Upon his entry, Alwin explains how uncomfortable he was as “the only white guy" and "the only foreigner.”
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Eventually, Alwin decides to ask to join a guest table through Google Translate. After his request is accepted, he highlights how he “ate so much food[,] fried food [...] we tried so many different things and then obviously we drank together.”
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On TikTok, user @queerlamp stitched his video and wrote: “I bet you would not do this at a white american wedding if you came to the US, you’re a french man who felt entitled enough to barge into a vietnamese wedding, you ate their food that they bought for their INVITED guests. Ofc no one invited you to their table, YOU’RE A STRANGE MAN WHO INVITED HIMSELF TO A WEDDING.”

The sentiments are echoed by TikTok user @srirachalesbian, who calls out the “entitlement of white men in Southeast Asia.” Implying the history of French colonization in Vietnam, @srirachalesbian states: “The way you people swear you’re not like your ancestors (your literal grandparents) and then do sh*t like this.”

The negative response to Alwin’s video also spread to Reddit, where the video was uploaded to the subreddit r/VietNam and r/ActLikeYouBelong.

“He’s not even acting like he belongs,” one Reddit user commented. “He just bumbling about and mooching off politeness.”

In response, another commenter wrote, “Even worse, he’s taking advantage of cultural differences in politeness. I think they wouldn’t have felt like they could ask him to leave. Imagine going to a wedding of a loved one, and looking forward to catch up with your relatives – and then you have this **** using google translate to comment on each mouthful he takes. Ugh.”

In another response to the Reddit post, a user offers a simple solution: “‘I wasn’t invited, I didn’t really know what to do’ Leave you f*cking assh*le.”

That the police weren't called on him shows how psychologically colonized many Vietnamese still are.

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He was "uncomfortable" at a private event he wasnt invited to? Am i getting that right? Dude has a serious case of maincharacter syndrome.

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The levels of true, stage 4 oblivitardation are mind blowing.

Is he looking for sympathy or something? He shows up to something he isn’t invited to, worms his way in, makes it about him and then laments how uncomfortable and out of place he was.

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He basically stole from them. He took food and drinks that were not given to him. Someone else paid for it.

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Well here we go again.  Some content creator crashed an event he was not invited to, nor had any business being at.  Ate food and drank from someone's tab, made the discomfort all about himself.

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What gave him the right to do this. Why would he wish to disrupt one of the most important days in some people's life. It's all on him, No MORALS.

Vietnam never invited France during the colonial era either:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Indochina

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Fourteen French gunships, 3,300 men including 300 Filipino soldiers provided by the Spanish[5] attacked the port of Tourane causing significant damage and occupying the city. After fighting the Vietnamese for three months and finding himself unable to progress further in land, de Genouilly sought and received approval of an alternative attack on Saigon.[4][6]

Sailing to southern Vietnam, de Genouilly captured the poorly defended city of Saigon on 17 February 1859. Once again, however, de Genouilly and his forces were unable to seize territory outside of the defensive perimeter of the city. De Genouilly was criticised for his actions and was replaced by Admiral Page in November 1859 with instructions to obtain a treaty protecting the Catholic faith in Vietnam while refraining from making territorial gains.[4][6]

Peace negotiations proved unsuccessful and the fighting in Saigon continued. Ultimately in 1861, the French brought additional forces to bear in the Saigon campaign, advanced out of the city and began to capture cities in the Mekong Delta. On 5 June 1862, the Vietnamese conceded and signed the Treaty of Saigon whereby they agreed to legalize the free practice of the Catholic religion; to open trade in the Mekong Delta and at three ports at the mouth of the Red River in northern Vietnam; to cede the provinces of Bięn Hňa, Gia Định and Định Tường along with the islands of Poulo Condore to France; and to pay reparations equivalent to one million dollars.[7][8][9]

In 1864 the aforementioned three provinces ceded to France were formally constituted as the French colony of Cochinchina. Then in 1867, French Admiral Pierre de la Grandičre forced the Vietnamese to surrender three additional provinces, Châu Đốc, Hŕ Tięn and Vĩnh Long. With these three additions all of southern Vietnam and the Mekong Delta fell under French control.[8]

NEVER FORGIVE. NEVER FORGET. It will only end when all French colonialist bloodlines have been eliminated.
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